gltsoi (gltsoi) wrote,

Taipei Gourmet, Lexington

Travel + Leisure named Taipei Gourmet one of the best 25 Chinese restaurants in the US and it’s gained some positive reviews on the local Chowhound boards, so it’s been on my to go list for a while. The opportunity presented itself when I had an impromptu birthday lunch with my friend Kim.

The restaurant is small – just a one square room, with lots of windows. It is adjacent to a small strip mall and there is plenty of free parking. It was fairly empty for the lunch hour; only two other patrons in the restaurant when I arrived, and a third table of three entered during our meal.

Taipei Gourmet offers the standard Chinese lunch specials ($8), but the Taiwanese section of the menu is where you should direct your attention. We shared a lunch of soup dumplings ($7), salt and pepper fried chicken ($7) and noodles w/ ground pork in Peking sauce ($8).

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Kim had never tried soup dumplings before, so it was fun to teach her to gently nibble at the skin, slurp out the soup and then eat the dumpling. I felt the skins were on the thick side, but filling was tasty and the soy dipping sauce with the razor thin julienned ginger was perfect.

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I was worried when the chicken arrived; it looked dry and over cooked, but I was wrong, the heavily seasoned chicken was moist and tender – like grown up chicken strips.

I’m sad I forgot to take a picture of the noodles. I thought they were delicious. They were toothsome and satisfying. Kim thought the sauce was too sweet, but I liked it. The generous serving left me enough to take home for a second meal.

The two waitresses never let my water glass go empty and the prices are extremely reasonable. They even gave Kim a 10% discount for paying in cash (Thanks again for lunch, Kim!). It is a 5 minute drive to Wilson farms, making it a perfect afternoon outing.
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